Humanitarian Affairs & Networking Adviser

11 March 2020

The Humanitarian Affairs & Networking Adviser provides supports to the delegation in understanding the context and influencing the wider political, humanitarian and religious environment in the given context. S/He helps it shape its engagement with actors of influence, including both multilateral and regional fora as well as UN-led fora in-country. S/he also engages with influential religious and civil society networks in Malaysia and contributes to representing the ICRC externally with these audiences and building the necessary understanding and acceptance of and support for the ICRC among key stakeholders.

Main duties and responsibilities

Humanitarian Diplomacy and Multilateral Affairs

  • Supports and advises the delegation in achieving policy and humanitarian diplomacy (HD) objectives.
  • Contributes to defining strategic engagements with actors of influence including prevention objectives and plans of action in line with global and regional humanitarian diplomacy priorities, as well as the delegation's priorities in communication/prevention/religious circles
  • Listens to and understands the main views and policy objectives of key government bodies, humanitarian organizations and NGOs and the dynamics related to humanitarian affairs.
  • Advises the delegation on national and regional issues and political affairs and how they impact/relate to humanitarian action.
  • Acts as a HD Focal Point to coordinate with the Regional Humanitarian Diplomacy and Multilateral Affairs Advisor and follow up on files relating to ASEAN.


Global Affairs

  • Builds and maintains a strong national network of stakeholders connected to humanitarian and religious affairs and beneficial to the delegation. Engages with them autonomously.
  • Engages with humanitarian coordination structures, including faith-based organisations, as agreed with the Head of Delegation/Deputy Head of Delegation.
  • Keeps regular contact on Global Affairs, religious and security issues with the Global Affairs team in Jakarta and Bangkok.
  • Contributes to the Global Affairs Bulletin
  • Helps brief incoming delegates on regional religious and security issues, their interplay with humanitarian action and the roles of religious authorities and philanthropic organizations.
  • Contributes to gradual acceptance and understanding of ICRC humanitarian objectives by these groups.
  • Works in a fully cross-cutting way within a given region and across regions when necessary.


Additional Responsibilities

  • Represents the ICRC in key fora in coordination with the Head of Delegation/Deputy Head of Delegation when required.
  • Provides written analyses on the political, security, social and humanitarian environment in the region and concerned countries, as well as targeted research on issues of interest for the ICRC
  • Creates, prioritizes and helps to manage external speaking opportunities for ICRC representatives, including at the highest level.
  • Working transversally with relevant teams, prepares and/or attends workshops, conferences, seminars, bilateral meetings and other events related to the HD and Global Affairs functions of the role. This may involve research work, preparation of speaking points, reporting and follow-up, among other responsibilities.
  • Supports the Head of Communication in networking with relevant leaders and organizations in the area(s) covered.
  • Works to enhance ICRC acceptance and promote international humanitarian law (IHL) and other legal norms by representing the ICRC to relevant audiences, e.g. national/local authorities, political parties, community and religious leaders, armed and security forces, media, NGOs, advocacy groups and academic circles.


Qualifications and Experience

  • 6 to 9 years' overall professional experience.
  • Minimum 3 years' experience in humanitarian action or political affairs.
  • Proven experience in cultivating networks and influencing others.
  • Proven experience in developing strategies and its related documents/reports.
  • Solid understanding of national/regional relations and their interplay with humanitarian and religious affairs.
  • Good knowledge of multilateral organizations/fora/agencies and platforms, including faith-based organisations.
  • Existing networks with religious and civil society actors in Malaysia and the wider region an asset.
  • University degree in a relevant subject (e.g. international relations, social and/or political sciences).
  • Master's degree or other specialization in a related subject/policy issue an asset.
  • Highly proficient in English, Malay and/or French. Ability to speak Arabic and other languages of the region an asset.
  • Computer proficiency.



  • A national contract with competitive compensation and social package.
  • A challenging job in a learning organisation with development opportunities.
  • The opportunity to be part of an internationally renowned humanitarian organisation. 


  • This position is open only to Malaysian nationals. Closing Date: 10.04.2020
  • Please send the following documents in English Language to the ICRC Kuala Lumpur via email to Rogini, HR Officer at
  1. Motivational Letter
  2. Resume/CV with passport size picture on CV, current and expected salary, details and contact number of three referees
  3. Copies of educational and employment certificates

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for tests and interviews.